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Internal Medicine Rural Ambulatory - MEDC 547


None. However, preference will be given to Primary Care Track participants


AHEC site as assigned by Primary Care Track


The UMD Primary Care Track (PCT) is a program that seeks to provide, among other things, the opportunity for medical students interested in primary care to develop longitudinal relationships with preceptors/role models, with an emphasis on practitioners in rural Maryland. The students spend at least 80 hours in the first summer with AHEC preceptors, primarily in rural areas, and have the ability to go back to the same preceptors in the fourth year for their required AHEC rotation.

PCT students may use part of their clerkship in pediatrics or family medicine to work with their summer AHEC preceptors. The internal medicine clerkship no longer has an ambulatory component. Thus this course is a four week elective for the students in the PCT who have an internal medicine AHEC preceptor to provide this same opportunity.

The curriculum for this elective will be based on the internal medicine curriculum that was used for the ambulatory portion of the clerkship in the past. The goals are to provide an exposure to a variety of patients in a rural underserved setting, to become involved in all aspects of patient care in this setting and to continue to enhance the longitudinal relationship between the student and preceptor.

Placement for this elective and distribution of the evaluations will be managed by the administrative staff of the PCT.

Number of Students:

Variable - approximately 10-15 maximum

Time of Year Available:

Anytime during the 3rd year


Weekdays - as dictated by preceptor scheduling

Faculty Responsible:

Nikkita Southall, MD
Assistant Professor - Medicine

Administrative Contact:

Ms. Niashia Jones
Administrative Assistant - PCT


Approval is required prior to registering for the course.

Last Revision: December 16, 2013